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GalleyCatnip: Stephenie Meyer’s Epiphany

twilightminicover.jpgAs the publishing world heads home for the weekend, here are some publishing news briefs for your reading pleasure.

Nicknamed “a sort of YouTube for publishing,” Scribd has scored a spot on Business Week‘s “The World’s Most Intriguing Companies” list. Also intriguing: to date, they’ve raised $12.8 million in funding.

Cultural critic Mark Dery proves that 2012 is not the end of the world: “Much of the 2012 shtick is a light-fingered (if leaden-humored) rip-off of the late rave-culture philosopher Terence McKenna’s stand-up routine, without McKenna’s prodigious erudition, effortless eloquence, or arch wit”

In a rare public appearance, “Twilight” novelist Stephenie Meyer told Oprah Winfrey more about how she wrote her blockbuster vampire series: “”I didn’t think of it [as a book]. I did the dream. And then I wanted to see what would happen with them. It was just me spending time with this fantasy world, and then when it was finished it was like, ‘This is long enough to be a book!’

Finally, find out why Salman Rushdie‘s essay for Granta was rejected and recently re-accepted.

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